How to Make the Right Decisions: Guidance From 1 Kings 12
Who do you turn to for advice and counsel when faced with a difficult decision? How do you decide what to do?
The Bible provides us with valuable insights on this topic. In 1 Kings 12, we read about the story of King Rehoboam, who had to make a critical decision at the beginning of his reign. His people approached him with a request to reduce their taxes. Rehoboam sought advice from two groups: the elders who had served his father, King Solomon, and his young friends who had grown up with him.
The elders gave Rehoboam wise counsel, advising him to listen to the people's requests and reduce their taxes. However, Rehoboam's young friends gave him very different advice. They told him to assert his authority and show the people who were boss.
Rehoboam ultimately chose to listen to his young friends and refused to reduce the people's taxes. This decision led to a revolt, and the kingdom of Israel was divided into two.
This story gives us several important lessons about seeking advice and making decisions.
First, it is vital to seek advice from wise and experienced people.
The elders in the story of King Rehoboam were wise and experienced leaders who had served his father for many years. They knew what was best for the kingdom and gave Rehoboam sound advice.
Second, we should be careful about listening to the advice of people who flatter us or tell us what we want to hear.
Rehoboam's young friends told him what he wanted to hear, even though they knew it was wrong. They were not looking out for the kingdom's best interests, but rather their own interests.
Third, we should always seek God's guidance before making important decisions.
God is the source of all wisdom and knows what is best for us. When we seek His guidance, He will lead us in the right direction.
Practical tips for seeking advice and making decisions
Pray and ask God for wisdom.
Seek advice from wise and experienced people, especially those who have your best interests at heart.
Consider the consequences of your decision, both for yourself and others.
Make decisions based on your values and principles, not on what is popular or easy.
Be willing to change your mind if you realize you have made a mistake.
Remember, your decisions shape your life. Make them count.